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New England Revolution

Rumor: Revolution to trial Guatemalan midfielder

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Two Guatemalan sources say that the Revs will bring Andy Ruiz on trial.

The New England Revolution will reportedly welcome Guatemalan midfielder Jose "Andy" Ruiz as a trialist, according to CFC Radio and Chapin League.

Ruiz is a 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who's known for his determined play.

Revolution Transfer Watch: An Inside Look at Designated Player Xavier Kouassi

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The Bent Musket spoke to journalist Oliver Dufour about the Revolution's new DP.

There's a real sense of excitement coming from the New England Revolution about their new Designated Player Xavier Kouassi. The 26-year-old defensive midfielder, who isn't expected to arrive until July, has an impressive resume, which includes captaining 2015 Swiss Cup champions FC Sion.

Revolution Transfers 2015: Rosell Linked to New England

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A Portuguese news outlet is reporting that Oriol Rosell could join the New England Revolution.

Former MLS midfielder Oriol Rosell could join the New England Revolution, according to a Portuguese news outlet.

Rosell, who played for Sporting K.C. from 2012-2014, is now with Sporting CP.

Major League Soccer

Revolution focused on preseason prep as Jones saga continues

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It's business as usual for the Revs.

The status of Jermaine Jones is still uncertain, but that isn't stalling preseason preparations.

Jones' initial 18-month contract expired at the end of 2015, leaving his future in question. The defensive midfielder was dominant during his first few months in MLS, helping the Revs to their first MLS Cup Final since 2007.

Jermaine Jones Takes to Twitter to Comment on Future in MLS

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The defensive midfielder hints at what's to come.

Jermaine Jones is a mystery man. As rumors about his future continue to swirl, he has taken to social media to give "insight" into his latest frame of mind. Of course, that doesn't mean his insight is clear—or even comprehensible. But it just may hint at what's next for the USMNT mainstay.

Sporting Sign Haitian Midfielder, James Marcelin

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Sporting announced their third addition of the offseason today, announcing the signing of Haitian midfielder, James Marcelin. Marcelin spent last year with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, making 15 appearances for the club as they advanced to the Soccer Bowl before losing to the San Antonio Scorpions.

D.C. United

Costa Rican midfielder Ariel Rodriguez to trial with D.C. United

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Another trialist comes onto the radar.

Two reports out of Costa Rica link Ariel Rodriguez to D.C. United as a trialist for the Black and Red. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the 29-year old defensive midfielder played for LD Alajuelense last year in the CONCACAF Champions League against D.

European interest in Perry Kitchen according to his agent

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D.C. United's defensive midfielder, Perry Kitchen, has interest from clubs in Denmark, Belgium, and Germany

With one big name in Bill Hamid already inked to a long term contract, D.C. United will have to move quickly to tie up another one, according to Grant Wahl.

On Wednesday, Wahl went on the record to say that United midfielder Perry Kitchen is garnering attention from several European clubs.

D.C. United officially announces the signing of Markus Halsti

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The rumored signing is now official.

D.C. United today officially announced the rumored signing of Finnish international Markus Halsti. Halsti can play as a center back or as a full back, but has recently been playing as a defensive midfielder. He seems likely to come in and take over for Davy Arnaud for the starting spot alongside Perry Kitchen, and provides the team with flexibility in their substitution patterns mid-game.

Philadelphia Union

Union re-sign midfielder Brian Carroll

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The 34-year-old defensive midfielder will return for another season with the Union.

The Philadelphia Union have re-signed defensive midfielder Brian Carroll, the club announced today. This upcoming season will be Carroll's sixth with the club, making him the Union's longest continuously tenured player.

Union Interested in Danish midfielder William Kvist?

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The 29 year old has played nine matches this season with English Championship side Wigan Athletic

Friday morning Kevin Kinkead reported that the Philadelphia Union are targeting 29 year-oldDanish international WIlliam Kvist as a possible signing during the offseason. The defensive midfielder, whohas made 52 appearanceswith the Denmark national team, currently plays for Wigan Athletic in the English Championship.

English Premier League

Man United agree January deal for talented defensive midfielder

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Man United agree January deal for talented defensive midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United has recalled the highly talented central midfielder Liam Grimshaw from his loan spell at Motherwell in Scotland.

The Premier League giants are looking to seal a permanent transfer for the midfielder and are close to completing a deal.

Chelsea player reveals what went wrong, says spirits lifted after Jose exit

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Chelsea player reveals what went wrong, says spirits lifted after Jose exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has claimed that the atmosphere at Chelsea has improved since the exit of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Guus Hiddink.

The Nigerian defensive midfielder claimed that the performances have also improved and implied that the side have been unfortunate to not get the desired results under Hiddink so far.

Wide open Premier League means Arsenal should go for broke in the January transfer window

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With the news that midfielder Santi Carzola has ligament damage in his knee, the Arsenal long-term injury list has a roster more likely to win the Premier League than the current starters. While injuries to the Gunners are as expected as snow in Maine, this year's seem particularly troubling to fans of the North London club.

Wide open Premier League means Arsenal should go for broke in the January transfer window

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With the news that midfielder Santi Carzola has ligament damage in his knee, the Arsenal long-term injury list has a roster more likely to win the Premier League than the current starters. While injuries to the Gunners are as expected as snow in Maine, this year's seem particularly troubling to fans of the North London club.

Tottenham continue to test fan patience with a slow, steady approach

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Another deadline day has come and gone, and sure enough, Tottenham Hotspur supporters are angry. The Saido Berahino transfer saga ended with everyone on all sides steaming and fuming, and without a new midfielder to add, the tide has started to truly turn on Daniel Levy and ENIC. But, should it? Is there more to the lack of Harry Redknapp-style wheeling and dealing on deadline day than meets the eye, or the angry tweet?

Tottenham continue to test fan patience with a slow, steady approach

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Another deadline day has come and gone, and sure enough, Tottenham Hotspur supporters are angry. The Saido Berahino transfer saga ended with everyone on all sides steaming and fuming, and without a new midfielder to add, the tide has started to truly turn on Daniel Levy and ENIC. But, should it? Is there more to the lack of Harry Redknapp-style wheeling and dealing on deadline day than meets the eye, or the angry tweet?

Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin is Premier League’s top defensive midfielder of 2015

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When Arsenal recalled Francis Coquelin from a loan spell at Championship side Charlton in December, not many Gunner fans were overly excited about the news. The former France youth international first signed with the north London club back in 2008 and was not particularly a fan favorite over his six-and-a-half years in and out of the senior squad.

Will Arsenal regret not signing a defensive midfielder?

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The January transfer window will close Monday,and while Arsenal have added a central defender and a prospect for the future, they've still neglected signing a great defensive midfielder which could make them improve vastly.

According to Rory Smith's ESPN FC article from last September, "Arsene Wenger's scouting team met in the aftermath of the FA Cup final victory.

Will Arsenal regret not signing a defensive midfielder?

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The January transfer window will close Monday,and while Arsenal have added a central defender and a prospect for the future, they've still neglected signing a great defensive midfielder which could make them improve vastly.

According to Rory Smith's ESPN FC article from last September, "Arsene Wenger's scouting team met in the aftermath of the FA Cup final victory.

Why Arsenal’s 4-1-4-1 Formation Is Not Working

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has implemented a new 4-1-4-1 formation as of late, with either Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini being deployed as the sole defensive midfielder in the middle of the pitch. The lack of manpower in the space just in front of Arsenal's back four was one of the reasons (there were plenty) Borussia Dortmund dominated the north London team in their opening Champions League group stage match Tuesday night.

Houston Dynamo

The Garrido Injury - A closer look with Dr. Robert Marx

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Dynamo and Honduran midfielder Luis Garrido suffered a horrific and uncommon injury during the run of play this week. We spoke to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in these sorts of injuries to get insight on what lies ahead for La Fiera.

Luis Garrido's reputation on the pitch is one of an enforcer.

2015 Dynamo Theory Creamsicles: Ricardo Clark is the Midfielder of the Year!

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It was a landslide victory for Ricardo Clark as Midfielder of the Year.

The wait is over! The ballots have been submitted, counted, recounted, and are now here for your viewing pleasure. Dynamo Theory will announce the 2015 Creamsicles award winners one by one over the next 5 days.

You can check out the entire list of winners here.

Champions League

Could Rosell Return to KC?

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Early in the 2014 season, Sporting Kansas City transferred Spanish defensive midfielder, Oriol Rosell to Portuguese side, Sporting Club de Portugal. At the time, the transfer was seen with disappointment and happiness that the club was losing one of their better players, but that he was going to one of the giants of Portugal and a perennial Champions League team.

Nemanja Matic Can Dominate Chelsea’s Midfield for the Next Five Years

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Nemanja Matic is fast becoming one of the important players at Chelsea and it was probably least evident from his goal against Sporting Lisbon. It was only the second goal of the season for the tall defensive midfielder. The goal helped Chelsea get a narrow 1-0 win, although it should have been much more for the chances Jose Mourinho's men created, to secure the first three points of this European campaign.

Manchester United

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is undoubtedly in the world-class category

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Fresh off another brilliant performance on Sunday, Paul Pogba's value continues to rise and soon he may be the most expensive player of all-time.

"I need to keep on working and doing what I'm doing for the fans and the club. I'm more clinical this year. I'm fortunate enough to get off a few more shots and thankfully the ball is going in," said Pogba after Juventus' 2-0 victory over Chievo.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is undoubtedly in the world-class category

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Fresh off another brilliant performance on Sunday, Paul Pogba's value continues to rise and soon he may be the most expensive player of all-time.

"I need to keep on working and doing what I'm doing for the fans and the club. I'm more clinical this year. I'm fortunate enough to get off a few more shots and thankfully the ball is going in," said Pogba after Juventus' 2-0 victory over Chievo.

United close in on £15m signing

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Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Daley Blind from Ajax, with the clubs said to be said in "advanced negotiations" for the Dutch international.

Blind, who was one of Holland's star performers at the World Cup in Brazil, is thought to be keen on a move to United and the club is confident an agreement can be found with Ajax for a fee of around £14-15m.

Arteta

Do we need a Centre Back or a Defensive Midfielder? Vote.

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To CB or DM, that is the question?

We are rapidly approaching the January transfer window and let's be honest we are aquiver with excitement (slight exaggeration!) We have a gaping hole in our squad and AW is sure to fill it, but how?

CB:Do we need another centre back?

Tactics Column: Flamini, Arteta provided base for Alexis to flourish

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Arsenal fans clamouring for a new defensive midfielder might have seen significance in Mikel Arteta's substitution on 63 minutes in the 3-0 win over Burnley, or at least, the symbolic nature of it. Because Arteta was once the undroppable; the metronome in a team who love to pass the ball. At one point too, Arsenal found it difficult to win games without him, further highlighting his influence.

The Rest

Andy Ruiz trialing with Rhinos, not Revs

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Turns out Guatemalan midfielder midfielder Andy Ruiz will trial for the Rhinos.

It looks like Guatemalan midfielder Andy Ruiz will trial for the Rochester Rhinos and not the New England Revolution.

Last night, two Guatemalan sources reported that Ruiz had left Comunicaciones B to join the Revolution's training camp.

Danny Williams scores in Reading rout of Walsall

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Danny Williams is having quite a year offensively for Reading.

On Saturday, the 26-year-old defensive midfielder scored his sixth goal of the season across all competitions to help Reading progress to the fifth round of the English FA Cup via a 4-0 rout of Walsall.

Williams, who started and played all 90 minutes in midfield, scored when he pounced on aWalsall error in the 75th minute.

2015 Player Profile #22: Micheal Azira

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Now a Colorado Rapids player Azira was probably the best representation of what replacement level talent in central midfield is in MLS.

A couple years ago the Seattle Sounders found a solid USL player just entering his peak period. The minimum contract offered, his playing performance and that they let him go after two years shows their confidence that they will be able to replace the defensive midfielder through the draft, HGPs or another USL signing.

Three Potential First-Round SuperDraft Picks for the Revolution

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Who should the Revs draft with pick number 10?

On Thursday, when the 2016 MLS SuperDraft kicks off, the Revolution will make its first acquisition of the 2016 offseason. The club owns the 10th overall pick in the draft, a selection that should yield an MLS-ready player—likely, a defender or a defensive midfielder.

The Mock Drafts are Here

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The MLS Superdraft is always a mystery outside of the first handful of picks. While most of the major American sports are analyzed from grade school on up, soccer remains more art than science when it comes to evaluating young talent. So, for those of us focused on the Portland Timbers, figuring out who might still be around to take with the No.

McClaren May Bring In Derby Midfielder In January

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Newcastle are being linked today with Derby County defensive midfielder George Thorne, who was signed when Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was at Derby. The 6'2″ tall midfielder turns 23 next month and has played for England from U16 through U19 level. Thorne began his career at Cambridge United but when their Youth Academy close down [.

Ellis Re-Signed, Carrasco Signed

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As expected (considering Ellis' Tweet and both players' appearances in the preseason video) Sporting KC has re-signed homegrown defender Kevin Ellis and signed midfielder Servando Carrasco. The pair of four year veterans bring KC's total number of players under contract to 25 as the team has kicked off preseason in Arizona.

Arteta and Flamini may now become regular starters together

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By 1970's Gooner It was about time Wenger realised that his team selection was a little unbalanced. He has always in recent times selected only one defensive midfielder (either Arteta or Flamini) and played a more forward minded Ramsey (or Wilshere) in central midfield. The rest of the team barring the four at the back are all forwards.

LvG: Blind is best as a defensive midfielder

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Daley Blind is expected to make his debut for United on Sunday and Louis van Gaal has hinted that we can expect to see the Dutchman playing in midfield.

"He is a player who can see situations in advance," he said. "He can [therefore] always pass to the free player, and when he doesn't have the ball, he knows when he has to press the opponent.

SBI College Preview: UCLA’s Stolz aiming to go out a champion

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By DAN KARELL

Heading into the start of last season, Leo Stolz was given a new challenge.

After spending his whole life playing almost exclusively as a defensive midfielder, UCLA men's soccer head coach Jorge Salcedoasked him to play in a more advanced role, hoping to make up for the loss of Ryan Hollingshead to Major League Soccer.